Dr Helen Cowan studied human physiology to PhD level at the University of Oxford. She then qualified with distinction in Adult Nursing and has worked as a nurse for 19 years in cardiac surgery, neurosurgery, elderly care, hospice care and clinical trials. As a result she has endless patient stories and real-life examples to add colour and depth to technical matters of human health and disease.
I write short articles to educate, inspire and bust myths about health and disease.
I write long articles delving into latest medical research, and am not afraid to cover sensitive topics such as dying, ethical issues such as do not resuscitate orders and pieces where medical opinion is divided such as HRT or antidepressant therapy.
I can work to very short deadlines or set aside time for detailed research, accessing the latest scientific papers and interviewing patients and families (in my role as a nurse) and medical professionals. Interviews have included those with a geneticist, a consultant neurologist and a haemophilia scientist. I maintain close ties with many Oxford-based medics and scientists, ready to provide expert opinion to support my writing.more
Writing for the Reader's Digest online (since 2015), I explore human diseases and their drug treatments; I also marvel at the human body.
I blog about disability, infertility and nursing. I am a columnist in the British Journal of Cardiac Nursing, summarising latest research and exploring in greater depth cardiac nursing of the past, present and future.
Other writing includes those for the British Medical Journal, the Daily Mail, the Nursing Times and the Spinal Injuries Association.
View all my writing here
Oh my word, Helen. What an arresting article. Your final line there literally stopped my breath.
Thanks so much for your article. It has been an absolute pleasure having you write these columns – thank you so much for your commitment and professionalism (especially in always sending copy in early and to deadlines – a rarity in journalism!!), and of course the content of your great columns which have always been well-written and a good read, and discussed well-argued issues affecting student nurses with humour and honesty.
Thank you so much for a most comprehensive article written for nurses and other healthcare professionals on AD. This is an excellent piece of work which you have clearly researched very thoroughly.
Thank you so much for sending this through and well done for an excellent and really informative article!
Oh perfect, that was speedy - thank you!
Fantastic stuff as always Helen.
I would love you to blog. You obviously are a very clear and concise writer which is what we want.
Your articles are a high priority!
We have received your article and all the team have read through it and we all thought it was brilliant. It was as if we had given you a brief and you had even written in the tone of the practice. We will certainly be making use of the article.